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Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Cardamom Hot Chocolate

There is a darling little coffee shop on San Juan Island, in the little town of Friday Harbor.  The name of this darling little coffee shop escapes me, but you’ll know it by the cardamom hot chocolate that is served.  Among other lovely little sips and nibbles, it’s the cardamom hot chocolate that always draws me in.  Sweet, fragrant and rich in flavor, I savor every sip.

This time of year it’s a special treat when I can take a moment to indulge in a warm cup of this rich and creamy hot chocolate.  I live too far away to pop into that coffee shop on a whim, so preparing it at home is the next best thing.

I’ve experimented with a few methods of preparation but for the best tasting cardamom hot chocolate, purchasing fresh cardamom pods is key.  I can usually find them in bulk at my natural market.  They should hold for about six months and when you’re not using the pods for hot chocolate, they are excellent toasted and crushed for sauces, soupscurries and desserts.

In honor of this wonderful time of year, I raise my hot chocolate mug to you!  Here’s to a most delicious and happy Christmas.

I wish you all loads of love, true joy and heartfelt happiness,

~Karista

Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 serving of your favorite sipping chocolate. I adore Theo brand sipping chocolate.  I’ve also used Trader Joe’s sipping chocolate.

6-8 ounces whole milk

2 crushed cardamom pods. I crush the pods with a mortar and pestle or with the back of a large spoon.

Whipped Cream (optional)

Chocolate shavings (optional)

Directions

In a small sauce pan heat the milk, sipping chocolate and cardamom pods over medium low heat.  Whisk lightly until the milk is hot but not boiling, and the chocolate has melted and blended into the milk.

Strain the Hot Chocolate into your favorite mug or teacup and top with fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.  Find a quiet spot by the fireplace and enjoy.

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    laurasmess
    December 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Sounds wonderful Karista! Shame that it’s so darn hot over here, I need to wait til the weather cools down a bit (at present it’s forecasted at 30 degrees C on Christmas day). Echoing the same sentiment to you… may you and your family have a blessed, merry and memorable Christmas. Stay warm, hugs xx

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      bennett
      December 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Laura! Yes, I think it’s winter here and summer where you are. Once the holidays are over I can’t wait for summer. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    December 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful warm to warm up in our very cold weather. Merry Christmas Karista, to you and your family.

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      bennett
      December 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much Karen! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas too!

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    yummychunklet
    December 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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      bennett
      December 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas too!

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    Virginia Payne
    December 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

    What a decadent hot chocolate. Lovely use of cardamon.

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      bennett
      December 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Virginia! Oh it’s so lush and comforting. But then, I have a true love of cardamom. 🙂

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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    December 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    What a delightful hot cocoa! I have cardamom here and can’t wait to make a warm mugful! Wishing you and your lovely family a most wonderful Christmas season.. and Have a Happy New Year, Karista! xx

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      bennett
      December 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you Smidge! I do have an obsession with cardamom. 🙂 Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year my friend!! xo

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    wendy@chezchloe
    December 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Cardamom is such a special spice. I love adding it to obvious things like ginger snaps and have also used it in truffles and creme brûlée. I like the idea of it in hot chocolate very much. And I love that photo. x

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